What do you do when you want to run to the store, get a haircut, or have a cup of coffee with a friend? That is the eternal question for bf mothers! There is a good chance that your bf baby will "hold out" for you. Babies are not dumb after all. They know that the real thing is around here somewhere! Some peds even recommend that you start that bottle out early to ensure that the baby will accept it. While it's possible that baby won't take the bottle, it's just as possible that they will take the bottle, and not the breast. It's a bit of a gamble. There's certainly no guilt involved either way. But for every mom who worries that baby won't take bottle when she's away, there's a mom who is worried that her baby is now rejecting the breast in favor of the bottle. There's help for both situations, of course. But it can't hurt to postpone the bottle until nursing is well established--like 3-4 weeks or more. There are things you can do in the meantime to run those errands or have dinner out while keeping baby happy and fed. Maybe another thread for another day?